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F/Lt. R. W. Oxspring - 66 Squadron

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Robert Wardlow Oxspring was born in Sheffield on 22nd May 1919, the son of a World War 1 decorated pilot of the same name. He joined the RAF in March 1938 on a short service commission and joined 66 Sqn in the December and started operational flying in July 1940, flying throughout the Battle of Britain. His Spitfire X4170 was shot down by Bf109s over Kent on 25th October, baling out with slight injuries (Caterpillar Club Badge). He was awarded the DFC on 8th November. September 1942 saw him awarded a bar to the DFC. Moving to Mediterranean combat, it is thought probable that Oxspring was the pilot who shot down renowned German ace Anton Haffner of JG51 on 2 January 1943. Oxspring led his squadron to be the highest scoring in the North African theatre, and survived his second shooting down of the war, Oxspring was awarded a second bar to his DFC in February 1943. During the war Squadron Leader Oxspring had registered 13 solo kills with 2 shared, 2 probable kills and 4 solo V-1 Flying Bombs destroys and 1 shared. In 1946 he was awarded the Dutch Vligerkruis by Royal Decree of the 31st October 1946 appearing in the London Gazette on 10th January 1947. He was awarded an AFC in January 1949 after leading a team of 54 Sqn Vampires to Canada and the USA, the first jet aircraft to cross the Atlantic. He retired from the service with the rank of Group Captain, having been Station Commander of RAF Gatow, Germany, in 1968 and settled in Lincolnshire near to RAF Cranwell. He died on 8th August 1989.


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 Bobby Oxspring in his 66 Squadron Spitfire destroys an ME109 of JF/53 Ace of Spades Group, in a high level attack at 30,000 feet above Dover, 18th September 1940. Angels Three Zero by Robert TaylorClick For DetailsDHM2084
Group Captain Bobby Oxspring (deceased)


Latest Allied Battle of Britain Artwork Releases !
 They came from every corner of Britain.  And mostly they were young.  These fresh faced fighter pilots, joined by an ever-growing band of volunteer airmen from the British Commonwealth and those who had managed to escape from the occupied countries of Europe would, over the summer of 1940, not only hold the world's most powerful air force at bay, they would defeat it.  Richard Taylor's stunning piece graphically conveys the conflicting realities of those deadly aerial encounters over southern England during 1940.  As the sound of Merlin engines briefly interrupts the tranquility of a sleepy English village, its residents are determined to carry on with everyday life.  In the skies overhead the bitter battle will shortly be reaching its crescendo but, for today at least, the fighting is over as Flight Sergeant George 'Grumpy' Unwin, one of the Battle of Britain's top Aces, and the Spitfire pilots of 19 Squadron return from yet another encounter with Goering's much-vaunted Luftwaffe.

Return From the Fray by Richard Taylor.
 A trio of Spitfire Mk1s of 603 Sqn based at Biggin Hill are depicted on patrol in the Summer skies above Kent during the height of the Battle of Britain in August 1940. Lead aircraft is N3288 XT-H flown by Plt Off George Gilroy who finished the war with 14 confirmed victories, 10 shared and a further 14 aircraft destroyed in actions in which he was directly involved.

Biggin Trio by Ivan Berryman.
 Spitfires of 616 Squadron scramble from RAF Kenley during the heavy fighting of the Battle of Britain, late August 1940.  Below them a Hurricane of 253 Squadron, sharing the same base, is being prepared for its next vital mission at a distant dispersal.  All through the long summer of 1940, as Britain stood alone, a small band of fighter pilots took part in the greatest aerial battle in history.  Day after day the men of Fighter Command valiantly took to the air to defend their country from the Luftwaffe and the threat of German invasion and Nazi tyranny.  Outnumbered, but never out-fought, they fought to the point of exhaustion and, in doing so, paid a heavy price.  But they won.

We All Stand Together by Robert Taylor.
 You can almost hear the roar of their mighty Merlin engines and feel the prop-wash in this salute to the Hawker Hurricane.  This classic portrayal of this much-loved fighter depicts a pair of Mk.I Hurricanes from No.32 Sqn leading the scramble away from their forward airfield.  Often making three, four or five such scrambles a day at the height of the battle, this time they are racing to intercept Luftwaffe intruders who have been spotted crossing the Kent coast.

Response to Call by Robert Taylor.

Battle of Britain History Timeline : 1st September
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
1September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O P. P. DFC Woods-Scawen of 85 Squadron, was Killed.
1September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Sgt. F.G. Berry of 1 Squadron, was Killed.
1September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. K. G. Clifton of 253 Squadron, was Killed.
1September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. G. B. Booth of 85 Squadron, was Shot down (died 7th February 1941).
1September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. J. H. M. Ellis of 85 Squadron, was Killed.
1September1940Feldwebel Heinz Uerlings of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Feldwebel Werner Stumpf of JG 53 shot down a Hurricane
1September1940Feldwebel Willi Kothmann of JG 27 shot down a Curtiss
1September1940Feldwebel Willi Roth of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Hauptmann Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn of JG 53 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Hauptmann Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke of JG 53 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Hawkinge and Lympne Aerodromes were dive bombed by 12 Me109
1September1940Leutnant Ernst Schmidt of LG 1 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Leutnant Franz Essl of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Leutnant Gustav Sprick of JG 26 shot down a Hurricane
1September1940Leutnant Hans Berthel of JG 52 shot down a Hurricane
1September1940Leutnant Hans-Erich Heinbockel of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Leutnant Helmut Strobl of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Leutnant Josef Bürschgens of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Leutnant Wilhelm Wiesinger of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Luftwaffe losses this day were 14 ME109 ,3 ME110, 1 HE111, 2 DO17, and 5 DO215 and a probably upto 4 ME109,s 2 ME110, 2 DO17 and 5 DO215 more.
1September1940Major Adolf Galland of JG 26 shot down a Hurricane
1September1940No 151 Squadron has moved from North Weald to Boscombe Down
1September1940No 249 Squadron has moved from Digby to North Weald
1September1940No 46 Squadron has moved from Boscombe Down to North Weald
1September1940No 504 Squadron has moved from Castletown to Catterick.
1September1940No 56 Squadron has moved from North Weald to Boscombe Down
1September1940Number of aircraft available for service on this day was 701 with 405 Hurricanes, 208 Spitfires, 57 Blenheims, amd 24 Defiants and 7 Gladiators
1September1940Oberfeldwebel Erich Rudorffer of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Oberfeldwebel Otto Schulz of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Obergefreiter Wilhelm Zimmer of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
1September1940Oberleutnant Adolf-Waldemar Kinzinger of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Oberleutnant Eberhard Henrici of JG 26 shot down a Hurricane
1September1940Oberleutnant Eberhard Henrici of JG 26 shot down a Hurricane
1September1940Oberleutnant Emmerich Fluder of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Oberleutnant Erwin Daig of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Oberleutnant Ferdinand Vögl of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Oberleutnant Gerhard Schöpfel of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Oberleutnant Gustav-Siegfried Rödel of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Oberleutnant Gustav-Siegfried Rödel of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Oberleutnant Günther Piduhn of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Oberleutnant Hans Philipp of JG 54 shot down a Hurricane
1September1940Oberleutnant Hans-Joachim Jabs of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
1September1940Oberleutnant Hans-Joachim Jabs of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
1September1940Oberleutnant Hans-Joachim Jabs of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Oberleutnant Helmut Bennemann of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Oberleutnant Joachim Müncheberg of JG 26 shot down a Hurricane
1September1940Oberleutnant Karl-Heinz Leesmann of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Oberleutnant Kurt Ebersberger of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Oberleutnant Wilhelm Herget of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Oberleutnant Wilhelm Herget of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Oberleutnant Wilhelm Herget of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
1September1940Royal Air Force lost 15 fighters with 6 pilots killed
1September1940Spitfire L1024 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
1September1940Spitfire L1056 Mk.Ia , RN-K, - Shot down by Me110 and force landed.
1September1940Spitfire L1070 Mk.Ia , XT-A, - Damaged on operations.
1September1940Spitfire L1092 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
1September1940Spitfire N3288 Mk.Ia , XT-H, - Damaged on operations.
1September1940Spitfire P9448 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109 and force landed. Flying Officer Thompson injured.
1September1940Spitfire R6778 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Do17 over Kenley. Pilot Officer Casson ok.
1September1940Spitfire R6808 Mk.Ia - Destroyed in air raid at Hornchurch.
1September1940Spitfire X4109 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109 and crashed at Court Lodge Farm, Kent. Flying Officer Sheen parachuted to safety.
1September1940Unteroffizier Adolf Kalkum of JG 53 shot down a Hurricane
1September1940Unteroffizier Hans-Georg Schulte of JG 53 shot down a Hurricane
1September1940Unteroffizier Otto Kramp of LG 1 shot down a Hurricane
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 1st September
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
1September1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. W. D. Mcadam of 23 Squadron, was Killed.
1September1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. I. W. Matthews of 64 Squadron, was Killed.
1September1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. J. Metham of 253 Squadron, was Killed.
1September1995Former New Zealand Battle of Britain pilot, F/O A. L. Deere of 54 Squadron, Passed away.

 

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